May 10, 2011

Review: St Ives Warming Scrub

Last week, I picked up some new skincare products to try and re-jig my routine a bit for the summer months. The St Ives Warming Scrub was a bit of an impulse buy if I'm honest. I thought the little short fat tube was adorable and have always been intrigued by warming scrubs so, I figured I would try it.

I was hesitant once I brought it home, however, and the initial adrenaline rush that comes with impulse buying had worn off. The legendary St Ives Apricot Scrub destroyed both mine and my sisters' skins as it was too harsh so, I was worried this would be the same but, I took a deep breath and gave it a chance!
St Ives claims that this scrub reacts on contact with damp skin, warming and relaxing pores and enabling a deeper clean.

I have only used this in the shower so, the warming effect has only been vaguely noticeable but, it is definitely there. The scrub itself is a thick cream with micro beads for exfoliation. Thankfully, it isn't the slightest bit harsh. In fact, my skin feels quite moisturised after use, as well as being squeaky clean. 

Packaging-wise, the chubby tube I once thought was so cute, turns out to be a pain in the bum when you're trying to squeeze some thick, heavy product out with wet hands as you can't get a decent grip. Similarly, the actual material used to make the tube is, in itself, thick so, there is not much you can do in the way of manipulating the tube to encourage the scrub to squeeze out. A minor complaint though, I think?

I wouldn't, by any means, suggest that this is a miracle product. In fact, it is a bit non-descript. I think the warming nature of the scrub is a marketing ploy more so than a revolutionary means of exfoliating. I will continue to use it because, (a) I paid over a fiver for it and, (b) it is a fine and nice product that cleans out my pores and freshens my skin but, then again, don't all exfoliating scrubs do that?


S x

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